VIDEOS - Sharing the Road with Heavy Trucks

video iconHere is a series of four videos from TranBC that are part of the Be Truck Aware initiative.  They illustrate dangerous choices made by the drivers of small vehicles when they fail to share the road properly with heavy commercial vehicles.

It Looked Like a Drunk Driver to Me

Dog in CarI was driving home from a family event at about 9:30 pm on a recent Sunday night using the Island Highway. The vehicle in front of me drew my attention as it strayed to the right, half way onto the shoulder. We were traveling at about 85 km/h in the posted 90 zone. After a moment the driver resumed the proper lane position but soon drifted off to the right. The direction of the drift did not depend on the curvature of the roadway.

CASE LAW - R v Scherbey

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn the case of R v Griffith we find ourselves in the Supreme Court at an appeal of a conviction for speeding. Edward Scherbey was driving out of a 30 km/h school zone travelling at 54 km/h. Constable Sabulsky made both a visual estimate of his vehicle's speed and measured it with a Stalker Dual DSR radar device before issuing the speeding ticket. At the conclusion of the trial in Provincial Court, a conviction was entered.

Mr. Scherbey had requested a copy of the radar manual as part of Crown's disclosure. This was refused as the manual is copyrighted material and Mr. Scherbey had been directed to the manufacturer to obtain the manual.

VIDEO - Get a Grip on the Right Way to Hold a Steering Wheel

video iconIf you are like me, you were taught to hold the steering wheel with your hands in the 10 and 2 position when you first learned how to drive. With the advent of the driver's side airbag, this is no longer a safe practice. We should now hold the wheel at either 8 and 4 or 9 and 3. This video from the American Automobile Association explains:

What Would it Take to Get YOU to Drive Respectfully?

Question MarkNews Item: Ontario introducing $50,000 fines for careless drivers causing death (Globe and Mail, September 20, 2017).

Bill 158, Protecting Vulnerable Road Users Act, 2017 will implement significant consequences for drivers who break the listed rules and cause serious injury or death. The penalties include a mandatory probation order that will require the driver to take a driving instruction course and perform community service. The community service must include activity related to improving driving safety and public education on driving safety. Their driver’s licence will be suspended during the probation.

RESOURCE - Designated Winter Tire and Chain-Up Routes

Winter Tire Regulatory SignThe TranBC web site has published three maps of B.C. showing the highways where winter tires must be used or commercial vehicles must carry chains.

VIDEO - Transporting Propane Safely

video iconHow many of us just throw that empty propane cylinder into the trunk and head off to have it filled? I've seen the results of a couple of explosions involving propane in vehicles and it wasn't pretty. The following video is from Technical Safety BC (formerly the BC Safety Authority) and shows you how to safely (and legally) transport a 20 pound propane cylinder in your car or RV.

Winter Tire Season Begins

Snow Zone Winter Tire SignIs summer over already? It seems that the lawn is just coming out of dormancy in my yard but night time temperatures have dipped below 7 degrees. That and the fact that it is October the first means that it's time to get winter tires installed. Winter tire and chain up routes are now in effect.

I'm fortunate enough to be able to afford a set of four winter tires, wheels and tire pressure sensors for both of our vehicles. I feel strongly enough about the effectiveness of using true winter tires instead of all season tires that I consider the cost money well spent.

CASE LAW - R v Beheshti

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case involves Doctor Benham Beheshti who was a physician at a hospital in Port Moody and lived in Vancouver. On August 30, 2015 he was on call and summoned to the hospital to treat a seriously ill patient. He was stopped for speeding on Pender Street and issued a traffic ticket by a member of the Vancouver Police Department.

CONTEST - One Crash is Too Many Video

One Crash is Too Many video graphicCreate a compelling video about road safety and enter to win one of three cash prizes totalling $500.00! Sponsored by Hergott Law, One Crash is Too Many seeks to raise awareness that crashes are preventable. The winning videos will be presented to the public at One Crash is Too Many's World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on November 19, 2017.

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